Heat Vision are reporting that 20th Century Fox is planning to film the sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class’ in January, avoiding scheduling issues with Jennifer Lawrence for Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel ‘Catching Fire.’ Lionsgate are said to be planning an August-September start date for ‘Catching Fire.’ Fox, who cast Lawrence as the shape-shifting character Mystique in Summer 2010, months before Lionsgate chose her to play Katniss Everdeen in March 2011, has the right to exercise the option on her contract if it conflicts with another Hunger Games flick.

Fox recently closed a deal with Matthew Vaughn to come back and direct the sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ with Simon Kinberg writing the script and Bryan Singer back as producer. While there’s no confirmation, I’d assume the principal cast will reprise their roles, including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Caleb Landry Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Jason Flemyng and Lawrence. There’s currently no word on what direction the sequel will go in. On the promotional rounds for the first film, Vaughn suggested that he might want to kick off the sequel with the Kennedy assassination. “I’ve got some ideas for the opening for the next film. I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy Assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned. And we could go from there, and I’ve got some fun ideas about what other mutants to bring in.” 

Lionsgate is reportedly settling on who will actually direct ‘The Hunger Games’ follow-up, ‘Catching Fire,’ as Gary Ross, who co-wrote and directed the first film, does not have a deal for the second (yet). Following the HUGE success of ‘The Hunger Games’ commercially and critically, I’m pretty confident Ross will be back in the directors chair. In Heat Visions report they state that sources close to the dealmaking expect Ross to stay with the franchise he helped launch. Look out for Jennifer Lawrence next in the horror-thriller, ‘House at the End of the Street,’ which is set for release September 21st. ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel, ‘Catching Fire,’ is scheduled for a November 22nd, 2013 release date. UPDATED: ThePlaylist bring word that Gary Ross will not be helming ‘Catching Fire.’